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Poster: Pablo Rodríguez Date: Nov 3, 2004 6:54pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Make VCD's? A good trick to know!

Thanks for your explanation on how to make VCD, but I'm afraid I don't understand it fully.

I have a previous question: does this method work with other file format than MPEG1?

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Poster: Visual16 Date: Nov 4, 2004 1:13pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Make VCD's? A good trick to know!

As far as I know, Video CDs (VCD) only use the MPEG-1 types of files. Another thing which complicates this is that the screen size has to be exactly 352x240(pixels). Some of the films are MPEG-1 (same as".mpg"or MP-1) but are a different screen shape. To fix this there is a free encoder called TMPGEnc which can easily adjust this if you are starting with an Mpeg-1 file. The nice thing is it also does lots of editing tricks, too.
Some of the films are too loud and this encoder can turn the volume down. Also a lot of the films are in two or more parts. With some practice you can fuse them together again (in the MPEG tools section) and you can fix the brightness and color balance. This is like a free school for learning video editing (on PC at least). Many of these great movies are neat on television and with some work can be made to look really sharp and sound good, too!
There are plugins (.mcf) which can convert other files like AVI or MOV into mpeg-1 using the TMPGEnc. Then they can be watched on a DVD Player from a VCD as well.

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Poster: Visual16 Date: Nov 4, 2004 2:06pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Make VCD's? A good trick to know!

Wanted to add, this isn't as complicated as I might make it sound..Two of the films here that work without editing are "The Big Delivery Wagon" and "Safe Roads". Get the MPEG-1 Versions of those and then if you have Nero6, Roxio/Adaptec EasyCD Creator5 or NTI-CD Maker on your computer you just pretend like you are burning an audio-CD, except you are using video files instead. Go into burn-VideoCD, select the files you want (and in what order) and in about fifteen minutes (very quick...DVDs can take hours!) it's ready.
The only big problem from here is if your DVD player will recognize VCDs or not. The cheap DVD players are more likely to work than the expensive ones which is odd.

This post was modified by Visual16 on 2004-11-04 22:06:01